Kingdom poised for 6% GDP growth
Arab News | Khalil Hanware | 10.9.12
Saudi Arabia is heading for real GDP growth of 6 percent in 2012, according to Moody’s Investors Service. It also said the outlook for Saudi Arabia’s banking system remains stable.
The Kingdom’s nonoil private-sector real GDP to expand by 5.2 percent in 2012 and 5.5 percent in 2013, following 6.4 percent growth in 2011, with overall real GDP growth forecast at 6 percent in 2012, one of the highest rates in the GCC, Moody’s said.
Commenting on Moody’s report, Asim Bukhtiar, vice president and head of research at Riyad Capital, said: “Considering that the Kingdom managed 4.6 percent GDP growth in a difficult 2010, the projected 6.0 percent in 2012 should be achievable.”